Only one new COVID-19 case reported locally in the past twelve days

Schedule your vaccination at the  Seminole County Health Department by calling 229-352-6567 or visit myvaccinegeorgia.com

The local COVID-19 case count increase is posted daily on the Donalsonville News Facebook page 

As of presstime on Wednesday, March 10, only one new positive COVID-19 case has been reported in Seminole County by the Georgia Department of Public Health during the past twelve days. Thirty-eight positive COVID-19 PCR test cases were reported locally in the month of February, significantly down from the one hundred twelve positive PCR Test cases reported locally in the month of January, 2021. So far in the month of March, 2021, only one new case has been reported locally.

As of Wednesday morning, March 10, the Georgia Department of Health’s Vaccine Dashboard reported that the Seminole County Health Department has now administered 2,111 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine to Seminole County residents – administering dose one to 1,140 residents and dose two to 971. 

With Phase 1A of the COVID-19 vaccine distribution ongoing, residents meeting the phase 1A requirements include healthcare workers, first responders and residents 65 years and older. On Monday, March 8, the following categories were added to the state’s phase 1A vaccine eligibility list:  K-12 educators and school staff, public and private, Pre-K and DECAL educators and staff, adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities – and their caregivers, and parents with children with complex medical conditions.

Teachers and staff of Seminole County’s schools will receive the vaccine at school on Thursday and Friday, March 11 and 12. All other residents falling into any of the above categories must make an appointment to schedule administration of the vaccine. Scheduling appointments to receive the vaccine can be done by calling 229-352-6567. Eligible candidates for the vaccine can also make an appointment by visiting myvaccinegeorgia.com or by calling the mass vaccination site in Albany at 844-275-3428 .

Since the pandemic began last March, Seminole County has been recorded with 715 positive cases, seventeen of which, sadly, have resulted in Coronavirus related deaths. Those numbers are based on positive results from a Molecular polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test.

If you add in the local positive antigen test number of 184, and one probable death, which the State Health Department is now reporting in its daily update, Seminole County’s positive case numbers increase to 899 positive cases and 18 deaths since March of 2020.

Molecular polymerase chain reaction (PCR) tests and antigen tests are used to diagnose COVID-19, meaning that they look to see if someone is currently infected with COVID-19. Each test looks for something different to determine if someone is infected. A molecular (PCR) test looks for the virus’s genetic material. An antigen test is a rapid test that looks for specific proteins on the surface of the virus. Where the test is processed may also differ. Molecular (PCR) tests are processed in a laboratory. Antigen tests are often processed at the point of care, such as in a health care provider’s office.

The nose swab PCR test for COVID-19 is the most accurate and reliable test for diagnosing COVID-19. 

As of Wednesday, March 10, since March 2020, there have been 830,114 cases of COVID-19 statewide – and 15,647 deaths reported to state health officials. Since this time last week, 8,623 new cases have been reported and the state’s COVID-19 related death total increased 438.

These numbers represent confirmed cases only, defined as an individual with a positive molecular test. Only molecular test results, reported through multiple sources, are used by the Georgia Department of Health in identifying confirmed cases. 

As of this week the total reported number of positive antigen test results state wide was 196,578 cases, with 2,331 probable deaths. Only antigen test results are used in identifying these cases. 

Local medical experts continue to implore everyone to do their part in helping to stop the spread of the virus by practicing the uniform wearing of masks, the physical distancing and the avoiding of congregate settings in crowds, particularly indoors, and get vaccinated when the vaccine becomes available to you. 

Keep doing your part to help stop the spread of COVID-19 by wearing a mask in public, washing hands regularly, staying six feet apart smart, staying home if you are symptomatic, and taking the vaccine when it  becomes available to you.

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